50+ Inspiring Quotes About Writing and Writers

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The best way to become a better writer is to write and then to publish your writing, whether you publish it on a blog, in a book, or with a close friend. It’s only by practicing writing, and getting feedback on it, that you can improve.

That being said, it never hurts to learn from those who have gone before you, and over the years, we’ve compiled a lot of excellent advice from the best writers on how to become a better writer.

My Top 5 Writing Quotes:

  • “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of job: It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” —Neil Gaiman
  • “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” —Somerset Maugham
  • “Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” —Gloria Steinem
  • “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” —Anais Nin
  • “Get through a draft as quickly as possible.” —Joshua Wolf Shenk

Favorite Quotes from Writers in Our Community

I asked authors in our community for their favorite quotes on writing or being a writer, and here’s what they sent me.

1. How You Write a Book, According to Neil Gaiman

From Carole Wolfe, author of My Best Mistake, and M MacKinnon, author of The Comyn’s Curse:

This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” —Neil Gaiman
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2. Why We Write, According to Walt Whitman

From Melanie Lambert, author of Wonder Woman in Disguise:

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. So medicine, law, business, engineering… these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love… these are what we stay alive for.”

― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

3. What You Must Write, According to Toni Morrison

From Michelle Dalton, author of Epona, and Joslyn Chase, author of Steadman’s Blind:

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” —Toni Morrison
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4. How to Write the Right Word, According to Mark Twain

From Ichabod Ebenezer, author of A Shadow Stained in Blood:

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” -Mark Twain.
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5. What Writing Is, According to Isaac Asimov

From Jeff Elkins, author of Grab:

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Issac Asimov
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6. On the Path to Writing Success, According to Octavia E. Butler

From S.J. Henderson, author of Daniel the Drawer:

“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” —Octavia E. Butler

7. Why We Doubt Our Own Writing, According to Ira Glass

From Ross Boone, author of The Absent Landlord: 

“All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. . . . For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. . . . But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.” —Ira Glass

8. Why Writing Requires Empathy, According to John Barth (and Sarah Gribble)

From Sarah Gribble, author of The Hike:

“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.” John Barth

In other words:

“Villains are the heroes of their own stories.” —Sarah Gribble
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More Favorite Writing Quotes

Need more writing quotes? Read on for more of our favorites:

9. Why You Became a Writer, According to Gloria Steinem

“Writing is the only thing that when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” —Gloria Steinem
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10. Why You Became a Writer, According to George Orwell

“[You write out of the] desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, etc., etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive and a strong one.” —George Orwell

11. Why You Became a Writer, According to Anaïs Nin

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” —Anais Nin
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12. That Doesn’t Mean Writing Is Easy

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of job: It’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” —Neil Gaiman

13. Start Writing Now

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” —Louis L’Amour
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14. And Write Quickly

“Get through a draft as quickly as possible.” —Joshua Wolf Shenk
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15. What To Write About

“Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.” —Natalie Goldberg

16. Be Willing to Write Badly

“[Be] willing to write really badly.” Jennifer Egan
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17. Don’t Doubt Yourself

“The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” —Sylvia Plath
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18. All Great Writers Are a Little Crazy

“The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis.” —William Styron

19. The Only Way to Fail As a Writer…

“You fail only if you stop writing.” —Ray Bradbury
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20. Just Write One True Sentence

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Writer the truest sentence that you know.” —Ernest Hemingway
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21. Just Write Something Simple

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” —Jack Kerouac
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22. Your Big Ideas are Worthless

“Ideas are cheap.… It’s the execution that is all important.” —George R.R. Martin

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